By 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in cities. From what materials will those cities be built?
The United Nations predicts that in 2050, 6.3 billion people will live in urban areas around the world. As the global rural population is expected to decrease from its current peak, the world will need to build enough urban dwellings to accommodate 2.9 billion people.
According to projections from the US Census Bureau, an additional 120 million people will live in the United States in 2050 than in 2014. This is equivalent to adding the entire population of Mexico to the United States. Based on current trends, the majority of this growth will occur in urban areas.
The city of New Haven, Connecticut, a typical mid-sized American city, is projected to add nearly 110,000 people to its urban population by 2050, nearly doubling the size of the city in only 35 years.
Timber City transforms urban areas from sources of C02 into carbon sinks
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Typical concrete and steel mid-rise building
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Typical mass timber mid-rise building
CO2 uptake in forest regrowth
Timber City orchestrates comprehensive, regional supply chains that span from the forest to the city
Primary lumber processing
Forest product manufacturing
Timber building design and construction
Sustainably managed forest lands located proximate to urban population centers produce the raw materials for the city, creating jobs and economic activity in rural areas
Sawmills located near forest resources are optimized for producing dimensional lumber from a wide variety of timber sizes and grades, ideal raw products for advanced, secondary manufacturing processes
Industrial manufacturing facilities specializing in the production of value-added, glue-laminated mass timber products, such as LVL, glulam, NLT, and CLT
By matching regional forest resources with nearby urban centers, transportation networks critical to the forest products industry become more efficient and productive
An integrated approach to designing and constructing mass timber buildings allows for construction timelines that are dramatically shorter and significantly more efficient than standard building practices
Timber City proposes a closer, healthier, and more sustainable relationship between the city and the forest
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